Stantonbury Campus has confirmed it will be making a controversial change to it policy by making those in years seven to nine wear school uniform.
A statement released by the school, from governors co-chairmen Charles Rogers and Hilary Denny, reads: "Following a full debate at a meeting of the full governing body on Tuesday, June 26 2012, Stantonbury Campus has made a commitment to introduce a dress code and uniform.
"Nearly 500 responses were received from parents and staff. These showed strong support for the change with even higher levels of support from parents of children in years five and six in partner primary schools. Many thanks to all who responded. We will be sending a letter to parents shortly.
"The principal and senior leadership team now have the go ahead to implement the principle of the dress code and simple uniform.
"This will start to come into place from September with a commitment from the school to work with students, parents and the community to put in place an expectation that every student dresses well to show a smart attitude to learning.
"There will then be further development in 2013.
"Stantonbury is committed to excellence, independence and opportunity and, following the appointment of the new Principal in September, is already improving strongly."
Principal Chris Williams said: “This is an important moment for the school which gives us the opportunity to work with our students to develop shared expectations”.
Hilary Denny and Charles Rogers added: “We were delighted by the level of response from parents and students. It is vital that Stantonbury stays at the heart of its community and listens to the voices of parents. This also paves the way for more student involvement in agreeing the details and how we implement them”.
When the school was founded by Geoff Cooksey in 1974, it was the first comprehensive in the country to allow children to wear their own clothes to school, and to allow them to call teachers by their first names.
This is the first break from that tradition.
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